About Luke

Luke Wood, PhD, is Associate Professor of Community College Leadership and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership at San Diego State University (SDSU). Dr. Wood is also Co-Director of the default-image1Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), a national research and practice center that partners with community colleges to support their capacity in advancing outcomes for men of color. M2C3 houses the National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC) which hosts trainings, information sharing sessions, and provides resources to colleges with initiatives and programs supporting college men of color. He is also Chair-Elect for the Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Director of the Center for African American Research and Policy (CAARP), and Co-Editor of the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College. Wood’s research focuses on factors affecting the success of men of color in the community college. In particular, his research examines contributors (e.g., social, psychological, academic, environmental, institutional) to positive outcomes (e.g., persistence, achievement, attainment, transfer, labor market outcomes) for these men.  In particular, his research examines contributors to student persistence, achievement, attainment, and transfer for these men. Dr. Wood has delivered over a 120 scholarly professional and conference presentations. His research has been featured by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, C-SPAN, and National Press Club. Dr. Wood has authored over 100 publications, including six co-authored books, seven edited books, and more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles. Some of his books include:

  • Wood, J. L., Harris III, F., & White, K. (2015). Teaching men of color in the community college: A guidebook. San Diego, CA: Montezuma.
  • Harper, S. & Wood, J. L. (Eds.). (2015). Advancing Black male student success from preschool through PhD. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • Wood, J. L., & Palmer, R. T. (2014). Black male students in higher education: A guide to ensuring success. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Wood, J. L., & Nevarez, C. (2014). Ethical leadership and the community colleges: Paradigms, decision-making, and praxis. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
  • Palmer, R. T., Wood, J. L., Dancy, T. E., & Strayhorn, T. (Eds.). (2014). Black male collegians: Increasing access, retention, and persistence in higher education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ASHE-Higher Education Report Series.
  • Wood, J. L., & Palmer, R. T. (Eds.). (2014). STEM models of success: Programs, policies, and practices in the community college. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
  • Nevarez, C., Wood, J. L., Rose, P. (2013). Leadership theory and the community college: Applying theory to practice. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • Palmer, R. T., & Wood, J. L. (Eds.). (2013). Community colleges and STEM: Examining underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Palmer, R. T., & Wood, J. L. (Eds.). (2012). Black men in college: Implications for HBCU’s and beyond. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Hilton, A. A., Wood, J. L., & Lewis, C. (Eds.). (2012). Black males in postsecondary education: Examining their experiences in diverse institutional contexts. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
  • Nevarez, C. & Wood, J. L. (2010). Community college leadership and administration: Theory, practice and change. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Dr. Wood is a recipient of the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from which he served as research fellow at the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research (SIHER), Stanford University. He has also served as a Young Academic Fellow for the Institute for Higher Education Policy and Lumina Foundation. His scholarship and professional practice have been lauded through awards and honors, including: the Council for the Study of the Community College Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award; the National Association for Student Personnel Administrator’s Newly Published Research Award from the Knowledge Community on Men and Masculinities; the ASHE Council on Ethnic Participation Mildred Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship; the ASU Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate Award, the ASU Fulton College Dean’s Excellence Award for Graduate Research, the Sacramento Observer’s the Top 30 under 30 Award, the ASU Fulton College Robert H. Fenske Fellowship for Higher & Postsecondary Education (ASU Fulton College); and the International Society for the Exploration of Teaching  and Learning Distinguished Fellows Presentation Co-Award. Wood received his PhD (2010) in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education from Arizona State University (ASU). He also holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Black History and Politics from California State University, Sacramento. Luke is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.

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